Dear valued clients,
Our business is continuing to operate as we navigate the current COVID-19 situation, and we are adapting our operations by practicing social distancing, and reiterating the practices of good hygiene, like frequent hand washing, providing hand sanitizer and gloves for the moving crews. We are also offering virtual onsites for current/ future clients during the current situation. We will do our best to keep our current clientele informed of any changes to current/ future moves.

As our client, your safety and health is our #1 priority during this state of emergency. Please consider the following guidelines to prepare for your move with us:

⚠ADVICE FOR CLIENTS REGARDING SETTING UP CONDITIONS FOR A MOVE: • Upon our arrival, please have your residence/ office/ items as ready as possible (cleaned/ sanitized and ventilated in advance) for the removal of your items. • It is recommended that you/ your representatives will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance from our crew. Our crew members will keep, at a minimum, 6 feet of distance or more at the time of service. • You will assure continuous ventilation of the spaces we work in at all times. • Please provide dedicated bathroom(s), equipped with soap and paper towels for our crew members.

⚠LIMITATION OF LIABILITIES OF MOVING COMPANIES AND THEIR RIGHT TO CANCEL WORK (NATIONAL LOCAL MOVES): The Government has stated it is or will be implementing (as yet) measures to combat the spread of the virus. Such measures in place might impact our ability to provide services to you (including but not limited for us having to suspend or cancel in full the services) or the virus otherwise affects our ability to fulfill your relocation. This may place us in a position where we will not be able to accept any ability for any losses that may arise and we limit our liability accordingly. We are keeping the matter under careful review and will ensure that all customers are advised of any developments that may affect fulfillment of contracted services.

As our team at Homegrown Moving Company has been following updates, we are choosing to work with & adhere to the guidelines set forth by health officials and authorities. We want to do our part in mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-19 to the businesses and communities we serve, and we are implementing the following strategies to do so:

We have discussed with our team members what to do in the scenario that anyone is experiencing symptoms or may have been exposed to the virus. We have an understanding among ourselves to be transparent if somebody's not feeling good or may have been exposed. We understand the need to self quarantine for the proper amount of time, if this occurs, to avoid any further spread. In turn, we ask the same from our customers. In the event that you are feeling sick or may have been exposed, we are happy to make arrangements for another move date.

Use of examination gloves: Our teams will wear examination gloves while servicing moves as an additional hygiene measure and self protection. Gloves will be discarded after each move.

Due to the high demand of masks, we are unable to provide them at the moment, but if you would like masks to be provided for your move, please provide them and we can use them.

Our team will also have hand sanitizer, and we ask that they are allowed to use a sink or water source to wash their hands when available. Social distancing: Upon arrival to our customers' homes or offices, team members will follow the protocol of social distancing, allowing 6' between team members and you, our customer. We have always valued the professionalism and respect that accompany an introductory handshake, however during the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that our customers understand for safety purposes that we will refrain from shaking hands or making physical contact.

Proper ventilation: In move settings when available, we request that our customers open outside doors and/or windows to increase air circulation. All of the above will be effective immediately and remain in place until April 20th, until we can reassess the situation and make further announcements. We strive to continue to practice CDC/ Federal / State/ WHO (World Health Organization) guidelines for health and safety to prevent contagion in our community.

Thank you, Homegrown Moving

How to Talk to Your Parents About Moving into a Retirement Community

Having a conversation with a loved one surrounding them transitioning out of their home and into a retirement community is difficult. It can be challenging to know what to say or how to find a place for them to live that fits their needs and lifestyle. It can also be overwhelming trying to find the right place for them that’s affordable. We’ve come up with some recommendations for both initiating this conversation and how to find a good retirement home for your loved one.

  1. Ask questions and listen: This is a sensitive topic, your parents may be getting older and signs of their home being in disarray can offer signs that they’re having a hard time keeping up with their home. Try asking them how they’re feeling about their about keeping up with the home. See if it brings up angst or stress. Ask them if they’ve thought about simplifying their life and home. Ask them if there’s anything you can do to help,
  2. Independence is important: For many seniors even if they’re aging and in need of some assistance their independence is still very valuable to them. Be sure you aren’t making them feel threatened with how you are talking and researching finding them a retirement solution. Find out what is important to them; do they want activities and friends, or quiet and a place with a view? There are a ton of details and things to keep in mind while looking into this transition. We recommend you let your loved one lead the conversation and help support them by taking the time and effort to do research and due diligence on what they are wanting.
  3. Ask around: If you are trying to find a new place for mom or dad to live the best place to start is by asking around. Perhaps you have some friends your own age that recently went through the same thing. They could probably offer a lot of perspective and recommendations based on their own experiences. Use online forums and social media to ask and see if anyone has recommendations on places that are within your budget.
  4. Take your time: This process can take a lot of time to do it delicately and right, so don’t rush. Do your research, talk to people, tour buildings, research online and ask lots and lots of questions. Make sure all the while you are keeping in mind the desires of your loved one. It never hurts to think ahead and be planning if this is a situation that you could find your family and loved one in in the near future.

If you are ready to move your loved one into a retirement home or community, we at Homegrown Moving and Storage Company are here to help. We offer senior moving services to make this transition seamless and easy on you and your family. Contact us today for free information and pricing.

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